[Sust-mar] Save Nature and Democracy in Canada! Black Out Speak Out

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Sun Jun 3 13:29:58 EDT 2012


Action Alert


If you believe that good democracy requires all voices to be 
fairly heard, speak out on June 4th.

On Monday, June 4, we invite you to participate in a national 
campaign, Black Out Speak Out which was launched on May 7 by 
the country's largest and leading environmental organizations, 
in response to the federal government's attack on nature and 

Environmental, community and social justice groups will darken 
their website home page for the day on June 4th and speak out 
against changes introduced in the federal government's budget 
act (Bill C-38). People will instead find a splash page with 
suggested actions to speak out for free and open public debate. 
You may have seen our ad in the Globe and Mail, Hill Times or 
La Presse, or our website http://blackoutspeakout.ca

To please powerful interest groups, the federal government is 
dangerously changing the very laws that protect our environment 
and ensure every Canadian has a voice.

The budget bill replaces the Canadian Environmental Assessment 
Act, empowers the federal government to crack down on charities, 
including environmental groups that advocate for better laws 
and policies, overrides National Energy Board decisions, rushes 
projects through a weakened environmental review process to 
speed up approvals, and tries to shut citizen groups out of 
environmental reviews for pipelines.

Instead of using the usual process for sweeping changes, which 
allows for thorough debate, these changes are being shoehorned 
into a massive budget bill.

Other parts of the recently proposed federal budget will 
suppress public debate by allocating an additional $8 million to 
the Canada Revenue Agency to scrutinize environmental charities 
in particular. This flows from complaints lodged by an 
organization linked to the oil industry that refuses to disclose 
its own sources of funding.

Silence is not an option.

Please join us in taking a stand for democracy, public interest 
and environmental protection.

Black Out Speak Out is currently being spearheaded by CPAWS, 
CAPE, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental 
Defence, Equiterre, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina 
Institute, Sierra Club Canada, West Coast Environmental Law, 
and, WWF Canada.


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